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Governor Information 

At Cumwhinton School, we have a governing body whose role is one of strategic leadership. The statutory function of the Governing Body is the following:

Role 1: Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Role 2: Holding the head to account for the performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff.
Role 3: Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.

At Cumwhinton School, the Governing Body is then divided into two subcommittees. Whilst each committee has set areas of school to focus on, our governors are supported to gain a bigger picture of the school through reading minutes of each committee and monitoring school aspects.


  • Teaching, Learning and Welfare
  • Finance, Staffing and Estates

Alongside this is ensuring they understand their strategic role in securing safeguarding in school and the Prevent agenda.

Governors also have specific tasks such as appointing the Head teacher, supporting his/her well-being, attending meetings and undertaking training.

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Liam Benson

Governing Body 

Governor Status
Term of Office
Mr Liam Benson  Chair of Governors  April 23 to April 27 FSE & TLW
Mrs Julie Stewart 


SEND Lead Governor

Oct 23 to Oct 27 TLW (Chair)
Mrs Beth Pipes Parent Dec 20 to Dec 24 TLW
Mr Peter Denston  Parent Jan 22 to Jan 26 FSE
Mrs Rebecca Miller

Co-opted / Vice Chair

Safeguarding Lead Governor

Oct 23 to Oct 27 TLW
Mr Matt Squires


Sport Premium and Pupil Premium Lead Governor

Jan 22 to Jan 26 FSE (Chair)
Mr Jon Stewart  Headteacher Sept 23 - TLW & FSE
Vacant  LA    
Mrs Joanne Burke Staff Governor Jan 23 - Jan 27 TLW
Mrs Marlene Martin Co-opted Feb 24 - Feb 28 TLW

Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Rosalind Dempsey.

Mr David Beattie, our caretaker, is an Associate Member of the Welfare Committee.

We are required to publish the following information with regards to our Governing body membership:

~ relevant business and financial interests including:
~ governance roles in other educational institutions
~ any material interests arising from relationships between governors or
~ relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
~ attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year